The Art of Holding On and Letting Go

"The Art of Holding on and Letting Go" is a debut YA novel worth reading. The story revolves around Cara Jenkins a teenage girl and competitive climber. Cara lived with her parents and their friend. But one day after the tragic incident that changed and Cara is forced to move with her grandparents. The story follows Cara's coming of age during her junior year in highs school. During that year Cara tries to find her new life, she falls in love and, to she learns how to climb again.

I was amazed by the story. It is so well written and it touches upon some hard issues. Although Cara is a main character and the story is told from her POV "The Art of Holding on and Letting Go" is full of very interesting secondary characters who deal with the issues of their own. Thus, there are Cara's grandparents who try to come to terms that their daughter chooses very dangerous profession. There is Cara's Grandmother with her anxiety attacks. There is Cara's friend Kat who have deformed hand and broken heart.

The pace of the story is just right. There are lots of references to the music and books, especially to Henry David Thoreau's Walden. Also there is a lot of climbing in the book, so the reader will definitely get acquainted with the terms connected with this sport.

"The Art of Holding on and Letting Go" is worth reading.


Cara is a teenage girl. She is competitive climber, but when tragic accident happened she is forced to go to live with her grandparents. Now that her life is completely turned upside down she is forced to find her new normal.

Book Blurb for The Art of Holding On and Letting Go

"When every piece falls into place, it's like a dance, a delicate but powerful balancing act. The art of holding on and letting go at the same time."

Competitive climber Cara Jenkins feels most at home high off the ground, clinging to a rock wall by her fingertips. She's enjoyed a roaming life with her mountaineering parents, making the natural world her jungle gym, the writings of Annie Dillard and Henry David Thoreau her textbooks. But when tragedy strikes on an Ecuadorian mountaintop, Cara's nomadic lifestyle comes to an abrupt halt.

Starting over at her grandparents' home in suburban Detroit, Cara embarks on a year of discovery, uncovering unknown strengths, friendships, and first love. Cara's journey illustrates the transformative power of nature, love and loss, and discovering that home can be far from where you started.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2017 5.00